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Optimal Taxes Under Private Information: The Role of the Inflation

We consider an overlapping generation framework with search and private information to study optimal taxation. Agents sequentially trade in markets that are characterized by different frictions and trading protocols. In frictional decentralized markets, agents receive shocks that determine if they are going to be consumers or producers. Shocks are private information. Mechanism design is used to solve for the constrained optimal allocation. We then study whether a government can replicate the constrained optimal allocation with an array of policy instruments including fiat money. We show that ...
Working Papers , Paper 2017-014

Future state business tax reforms: a conference summary

On September 17, 2007, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Ernst & Young, and the Office of Tax Policy Research at the University of Michigan?s Ross School of Business brought together over 120 business people, academics, and public policymakers to examine the changing dynamics of state business taxation.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Dec

State tax revenues over the business cycle: patterns and policy responses

State tax revenues have become far more sensitive to changing economic conditions since the turn of the century. The authors document this increasing volatility and offer suggestions for what state governments might do to better manage their tax revenues to avoid or minimize dramatic fiscal downturns.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Jun

Journal Article
The sales tax crunch

Southwest Economy , Issue May , Pages 1-4

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State tax revenue growth and volatility

Macroeconomic conditions and tax structures jointly determine the growth and volatility of state tax revenues. Since a variety of economic conditions exist among states, government policymakers should carefully anticipate and consider the possible impacts of proposed tax reform and revenue enhancements on the long-term growth and volatility of their unique tax revenue portfolios. In the short run, states generally cannot alter the volatility and growth rates of their economies. They can, however, change the composition of their tax portfolios to minimize the effects of the business cycle on ...
Regional Economic Development , Issue Oct , Pages 23-58

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Causation, spending and taxes: sand in the sandbox or tax collector for the welfare state?

Proceedings , Issue Nov

Journal Article
Commerce clause restraints on state tax incentives

The Region , Volume 10 , Issue Jun , Pages 60-63

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Earned Income Tax Credit: campaign urges taxpayers to file for unclaimed refunds

e-Perspectives , Issue 1

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Optimal inflation

FRBSF Economic Letter

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Tax reform and personal saving

Economic Review , Volume 72 , Issue Feb , Pages 8-19



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